Union of Turkish World Municipalities’ (TDBB) March Administrative Board Meeting was held in Erzurum hosted by Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality, with the participation of local authorities from 7 different countries, in 24 March 2016.

The meeting, under the chairmanship of President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, was attended by TDBB Administrative Members, who are President of Kyrgyzstan Local Governments State Agency Bakıt Rıspaev, Deputy President of Azerbaijan Local Governments Center Hafız Aliev, Kazakhstan Governorate of Kızılorda Mayor of Aral Abzal Mukhimov, Bosnia and Herzegovina Deputy Mayor of Novi Grad Jenan Sarkinovich, Mongolia Deputy Mayor of Nalaikh Battuvshin Luvsandorj, Macedonia Mayor Advisor of Ohrid Mustafa İlker, Mayor of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Osman Zolan, Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mehmet Sekmen, Mayor of Gebze Adnan Köşker, Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Ümraniye Hasan Can, Mayor of Pendik S. Kenan Şahin, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı, Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Mayor of Sancaktepe İsmail Erdem, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Selçuklu Uğur İbrahim Altay, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner and Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak.

In the meeting, the activities TDBB made since the former Administrative Board Meeting until recently were evaluated; the Mayor of hosting Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mehmet Sekmen and other participant Mayors made presentations about their international activities.

Later on the future programs of TDBB were handled. In this framework, organization of an expert training program for the press authorities of member municipalities in April, cooperatively by TDBB, TIKA and Anadolu Agency; organization of “TDBB Member Municipalities Meeting” in Bosnia Herzegovina between 27 and 30 May 2016; arrangement of the Book Fair that will take place between 14 and 22 May 2016 by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality with a concept that will bring the publishing houses and authors from Turkish World together; arrangement of a working program that will cover Ankara-Konya-Istanbul cities for 30 students coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina between 15 July and 15 August 2016, in cooperation with Keçiören Municipality; support by TDBB to the internship program of students coming from Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University between 15 June and 30 August 2016; participant support of TDBB to “23 April International Kids Festival Education and Entertainment Fair” between 19 and 25 April 2016, organized by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality; support from TDBB and member municipalities to “ Sabantuy Festival” that will be held in Istanbul in 22 May 2016 by Idyl-Ural Culture and Beneficial Association and Republic of Tatarstan’s Turkey Representative; and support from TDBB to “Common Proverbs and Idioms of Turkish World” project that aims to specify the common proverbs and idioms in Turkic Republics were decided.      

In addition to this, support from TDBB to “506. Ajvatovica Festival” that will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 06 and 29 May 2016; representative participation in “2nd Global Climate Change Meeting” that will be held in Baku in 19 April 2016 by TURKPA; participant support from member countries to “ATRAX 2016-5. International Park, Recreation, Entertainment-Activity Industry and Services Fair” that will be held in Istanbul between 01 and 03 December 2016; organization of an international symposium themed as “Turkey and Turkic Republics’ Relations in 25th Anniversary of Independence” in November 2016 by TDBB, Marmara University and Bağcılar Municipality; support of TDBB to Nawruz program that will be held in Istanbul in 26 March 2016 by Tajikistan Consulate General of Istanbul; organization of “Symposium on Mahmud al-Kashgari in Turkish and Islamic World” that will be held in Kyrgyzstan between 21 and 23 April 2016 with the cooperation of TDBB, Karabük University and Mahmut Kaşgari Barskani University; support of TDBB to “Trading Opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina” Conference that will be held in 05 May 2016, organized in cooperation with Istanbul Consulate General of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation; organization of the official visit program of the delegation coming from Shariin-Gol Municipality of Mongolia to Tunçbilek between 12 and 20 April 2016 with the aim of signing a sister city protocol with Tunçbilek Municipality, and organization of an evaluation meeting with the directors of foreign relations and/or cultural affairs departments of TDBB’s Member Municipalities in Turkey were determined.  

Besides, the applications of Derince (Kocaeli) Municipality and Bosnia and Herzegovina Bihac Municipality were accepted. It was agreed that the next Administrative Board Meeting would take place in Sarajevo on May 28, 2016.